Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
Dec. 5: Fells Point Old Tyme Christmas
Fells Point, S. Broadway & Thames St. all day, with breakfast at Barcocina, 1629 Thames St. 9 a.m. $8-12. 410-837-9305. fellspointmainstreet.org. .
This weekend, the cobblestone streets of Fells Point go back in time to the era of Ebenezer Scrooge. At the 12th annual Olde Tyme Christmas, the historic ’hood will be decked in green garlands, lit up with twinkling lights, and pulsing with local throngs in tow for a full day of merriment. In the morning, bring the kids for breakfast with Santa at Barcocina. (Festive breakfast tacos? We don’t hate it.) Or head over to the holiday market for yuletide treats, crafts, music, and entertainment starting at 9 a.m. Stick around for the eggnog contest in Broadway Square, which starts at 11 a.m. with winners announced in the evening, or stay even longer to see the Parade of Lighted Boats, with illuminated schooners and skiffs sparkling off the Inner Harbor waves at 6 p.m. If the spiked eggnog leaves you extra merry, throw on your ugly sweater for the Reindeer Pub Run, with check-in at Dogwatch Tavern at 7 p.m. Just beware: this convivial bar crawl is much more naughty than it is nice.
Dec. 4: Station North Tool Library Holiday Cheer, Beer, and Fun
Station North Tool Library, 417 E. Oliver St. 5-8 p.m. 410-347-0850. stationnorthtoollibrary.org.
Not only should you skip the big boxes to shop local this year, but you should also get out there and make your special someone, well, something special, too. The Station North Tool Library is the perfect place to do so, as the nearly three-year-old studio, workshop space, and lender of everything from wrenches and rollers to sanders and saws was hailed by us here at Baltimore mag as a DIYer’s dream. This Friday night, you can pair hammers with ales at their holiday happy hour and open house, featuring Union Craft brews, hot cider, seasonal fruits and veggies, and a make-your-own cookie station. Meet the makers, buy your loved one an upcoming woodworking class, and partake in the neighborhood’s awesome Alloverstreet art walk with local galleries and studios open late and to the public.
Dec. 5-6: Home Alone at The Senator
The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Rd. 10 a.m. $5-9. 410-727-3464. thesenatortheatre.com.
We’re gonna give you to the count of 10 to get your keister up York Road for the 25th anniversary of the holiday cinema classic Home Alone. As if you don’t already know, the 1990 film follows the misadventures of 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (remember Macaulay Culkin?) after his family accidentally leaves him home alone over Christmas vacation. In typical John Hughes fashion (think Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink , Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), the movie became an instant timeless classic, and over two decades later, it’s still a countrywide favorite come the month of December. See it again in all its big-screen glory during special morning shows this weekend at The Senator. With matinée prices, bring the family to get in the holiday spirit and keep the change, ya filthy animals.
Dec. 4: Among Wolves
The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. 8 p.m. $10. 410-662-0069. theottobar.com.
Since 2005, this Baltimore-by-way-of-Jersey band has become an alt-rock city stalwart, writing dozens of original songs, releasing five accomplished albums, and gaining a loyal local following from live sets at the likes of The 8x10, Baltimore Folk Fest, and WTMD’s First Thursdays. With five members on guitar, bass, drums, and keys, the band melds indie with Americana, hi-fi with lo, and all the while retains the rock-and-roll urgency of eras past. On their new, sixth project, Separation and Other Loves, the group returns with that same fervor, whether it’s the beautiful slow burn of “Separation/Love Pt. 9,” the gentle ache of “Long Time,” the rough-and-tumble “16,” or the bourbon-bottle blues of “5 Weeks.” This Friday, help them celebrate their new EP at The Ottobar, performing with other beloved Bmore bands Super City and Caleb Stine and The Brakemen.
Dec. 6: Mayor's Christmas Parade
Starting at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Cold Spring Ln. 12 p.m. Free. mayorschristmasparade.com.
This weekend might not feel very wintry, with highs in the 50s and clear, sunny skies, but on Sunday, you can still bundle up, head outside, and get all the festive feels at the 42nd annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade. Join tens of thousands of Baltimoreans on a 2.5-mile route that meanders from North Baltimore to Hampden, heading down Falls Road and finishing at 37th Street. See Santa Claus’s sled, hoards of holiday floats, dozens of marching bands, more than 100 Harley Davidsons, local TV and radio personalities, the Mummers of Philadelphia, and this year’s Miss and Junior Miss Yuletide.